Better than any restaurant, these KETO CRAB CAKES are easily made at home with plenty of lump crab and only a small amount of filler.
Keto crab cakes are easier than you think! Loaded with lump crab and seasoned perfectly, these crab cakes rival any restaurant version you may have tried.
If you liked our keto salmon patties, you’ll love these!
We serve these with fresh lemon wedges and homemade tartar sauce.
What type of crab to use for crab cakes?
There are many different types of crab, but when it comes to crab cakes, we prefer lump crab meat.
Lump crab meat comes from the body of the crab, is off-white in color, and is sturdy enough to hold together when mixing with a fork.
The best, freshest crab you can afford is going to make a big difference in the outcome of these crab cakes.
While canned crab will work in the end, it won’t provide the best flavor.
We recommend buying canned or frozen lump crab meat out of the shell for the best taste, texture, and ease of use.
Lump Crab Meat
Egg – this helps bind it together
Old Bay Seasoning – Old Bay has a very distinct flavor that works perfect on seafood. Cajun seasoning would also work here.
Almond Flour – Traditional crab cakes call for bread or cracker crumbs. We’re using almond flour instead.
Butter and Oil – For frying our crab cakes
Baking Vs. Frying Crab Cakes:
We prefer crab cakes that are fried versus baked. That crispy, buttery exterior just makes us happy.
This recipe would likely work in the oven, though we haven’t tested it.
If we were to try, we’d bake at 450 for around 15 minutes or until the crab cakes are nicely golden all around.
The method in these air fryer crab cakes would likely work well for this recipe too!
Tips & Tricks:
Chill – Chill the mixture for 30 minutes in the refrigerator before cooking. This will help your crab cakes hold together better.
Spatula – Use a thin, flat spatula to get under the crab cakes and quickly flip them. If they fall apart, just press them back together with the spatula. They may not be pretty, but they’ll still be delicious.
We served these crab cakes with our keto asparagus. A little lemon squeezed over both the crab cakes and the asparagus is absolutely delicious.
More seafood recipes:
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup chopped green onion
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 pound lump crab meat
- Butter or oil, for frying
- Add the mayonnaise, green onion, mustard, egg, Old Bay, lemon juice, and salt to a medium mixing bowl. Mix well to combine.
- Add the crab meat and almond flour and use a rubber spatula to fold the mixture together until just combined.
- Cover bowl and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow the mixture to come together.
- Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat.
- Add enough butter or oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan.
- Use a large cookie scoop to drop the crab mixture onto the pan, leaving a couple of inches space between each. Gently press the mixture down to flatten slightly using a thin, flat spatula.
- Fry the patties for 3 minutes per side or until golden brown.
- Repeat with remaining mixture until all the crab cakes are fried.
Refrigerating the mixture helps the crab cakes hold together better when cooking. If the break apart during flipping, use your spatula to gently press them back together.
Nutrition InformationYield 11 crab cakes Serving Size 3 crab cakes
Amount Per ServingCalories 156Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 62mgSodium 399mgCarbohydrates 3gNet Carbohydrates 2gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 10g
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